Leonardo primes ICAO for tiltrotor ops

Leonardo Helicopters has briefed members of an international aircraft operations group on changes that will need to be made to global aviation standards to cover air and ground movements of civil tiltrotors.

The recommendations covered a host of generic tiltrotor operational and regulatory issues, from integrating the high-speed aircraft into low-level helicopter routes to adding nacelle-angle parameters to flight data recorder rules, adjusting heliport firefighting requirements for the capacity and placement of tiltrotor fuel cells and the use of inlet barrier filters on such aircraft.

The OEM has been working for several years on recommendations for revisions of the standards and practices promulgated by the International Civil Aviation Org. (ICAO) for aircraft operations. Aviation regulators around the world use such ICAO guidelines to craft their national aircraft and airspace rules.

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